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Elemental Geosystems, 9th edition

  • Robert Christopherson
  • Ginger Birkeland

Published by Pearson (February 5th 2018) - Copyright © 2019

9th edition


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For introductory physical geography courses.

This package includes Mastering Geography.


Explore Earth’s dynamic, changing systems

Among the most highly regarded textbooks in physical geography, Robert Christopherson’s best-selling Elemental Geosystems retains its unparalleled currency, accuracy, rich integration of climate change science, and dynamic multimedia program.


Organized around the natural flow of energy, materials, and information, subjects are presented in the same sequence in which they occur in nature–an organic, holistic approach that is unique in this discipline. The 9th Edition features updated content and new Mastering Geography activities, while also incorporating new visual media, active learning activities, and visual tools to help student engagement and mastery.

Personalize learning with Mastering Geography

Mastering is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and often improves results for each student. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult physical geography concepts.


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Table of contents


1. Essentials of Geography

2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere

3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures

4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations

5. Water and Atmospheric Moisture

6. Water Resources

7. Earth’s Climatic Regions

8. Climate Change

9. The Dynamic Planet

10. Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism

11. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement

12. River Systems

13. Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes

14. Glacial Landscapes and the Cryosphere

15. The Geography of Soils

16. Ecosystem Essentials

17. Biogeography and Terrestrial Biomes

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